Ryan Cash, University of Cincinnati
After graduating high school, Ryan enlisted in the Air Force and served for two years. His decision to serve in the military stemmed from his concern about college expenses and overall readiness for this step. Through joining the Air Force, Ryan thought it would serve as a bridge step to college. During Ryan’s two years of service, holding a low wage labor intensive job, he realized the importance of getting a college education. After returning home he told himself, ‘If you are getting out early, you are going to go to school and you are going to graduate.’ So he did, as a first generation college graduate in his family.
Ryan’s background in the Air Force sets him apart from most students here at Education at Work (EAW). He believes his focused mindset and diligent work ethic is a living testament to his military service. Throughout his college experience, Ryan has maintained full-time employment and full-time semester status. EAW’s tuition assistance has significantly helped relieve his financial burden. In the six semesters he has been at EAW, Ryan earned $10,152 in tuition assistance and only needed to supplement it with one tuition loan! By way of comparison before coming to EAW, Ryan’s loan dependence was 70% of the expense.
His experience as an EAW IT manager afforded him the opportunity to gain an internship at Ernst & Young (EY), one of the largest accounting firms in the nation. Ryan has accepted a full-time position with EY as a risk assurance auditor post-graduation from the University of Cincinnati. His responsibility will be to analyze company controls for stockholders to ensure correct standards are met.
Ryan chose EY because he will be assisting the launch of a program here in Cincinnati called “College Map.” This program allows him to visit high schools in low-income areas and target students with a GPA of 2.1-2.7 who are not as likely to pursue higher education. Ryan’s role is to mentor and motivate young people and help instill confidence in their personal and professional goals.
Ryan’s experience with Education at Work has come full circle. We believe Ryan is a strong candidate for any employer in his field of expertise. Ryan credits EAW for providing the opportunity to continuously grow his skillset, take on new responsibilities, and build a strong resume that took him to the next level in his profession.
Everyone here at Education at Work commends Ryan for his service to our country, his motivation to seek higher education and opportunity, and his successes here at EAW. Ryan played a meaningful role in our IT department, creating process and delivering key projects. From all of us here at EAW, we salute you, Ryan! Congratulations on your future role at EY, we wish you many more successes, challenges, and opportunities in the future.